Mari joins the Hertha eSports Academy

The Hertha eSports Academy has gained another exciting talent ahead of the FIFA 22 season, with Marina Preradović becoming the Berlin club’s first professional female eSports athlete. “I’m looking forward to getting involved in lots of different things, whether it’s the Virtual Bundesliga, Pro Clubs or content creation, and I’m sure that we will have a successful journey together that will bring the Hertha BSC eSports Academy to the next level,” said the 21-year-old student teacher, who has already enjoyed success in the FIFA Weekend League and streams regularly on Twitch. “Something that I’m really hoping to do is promote having more women in eSports. I believe that there are a lot of talented women and girls out there – I hope I can inspire them to have the courage to have a go themselves. I want to be a role model,” said the new Hertha signing, who goes by the nickname Mari.

In 2018, the capital club became the first Bundesliga side to launch their own eSports academy, underlining their role as pioneers when it comes to digitalisation. The Hertha eSports Academy develops and coaches talented FIFA players. Aside from honing their skills on the virtual football game, our athletes are also educated in areas such as healthy nutrition and social-media use. The Blue-Whites take on fellow top-level eSports athletes in domestic and national tournament series, such as the Virtual Bundesliga.

HerthaTV accompanied the newest addition to the Hertha eSports Academy on her first day at the club. You can watch the video here.